Garbage cans are a necessary, if unsightly, part of homeownership. So why not dress them up with a stylish disguise? Where should you shop for a garbage can enclosure? Lowes should have everything you need to get started, depending on what material you want to work with. Below is a list of possible solutions for garbage can screens.

Wood Privacy Fence

Take it up to the next level with a wooden privacy fence.
Go all out in the backyard. Source: Houzz

Usually the most common form of fencing, a simple will not privacy fence can be the perfect addition to your backyard while simultaneously hiding the garbage cans. As for a garbage can screen, Home Depot should have what you need to get started. Not only will this increase the curb value of your home, it also serves very practical purposes. Here are some other benefits of owning a privacy fence:

  • Privacy fences can deter possums, raccoons, and other critters
  • An enclosure can also mark off property lines
  • Some fences can cut down on noise pollution
  • Feel free to hide other eyesores, like compost piles or furniture
“Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” - Robert Frost


PVC fencing can also be a modern convenience.
Snap-together models can go nearly anywhere in the backyard. Source: SNK Fence

Alternatively another approach is even simpler. Just a snap-together kit covering a small area of your backyard, only big enough to hide the barrels behind. It can easily cover up the bins and doesn’t look out of place in your backyard.


Even though the fencing is lightweight, it’s still quite durable. Installing it into a cement foundation will add a fence with a long lifespan to your home. They can also be fitted with lights or decor for additional looks. As always, this will completely hide garbage cans in yard. Additionally, snap together plastic or PVC fencing offers the following:

  • High customization
  • Lightweight material
  • Very durable
  • Retains color
  • Immune to insects
  • Immune to rotting
  • Can simulate wood
  • Prefabricated for easier installation

Encompassing Fence

A trio of wooden fences
The stylish, modern approach to fencing. Source: HGTV

For an all-included feature, consider building a fence around anything that you want to hide from the public eye while still being a part of the surrounding architecture. This is pretty much Mission: hide garbage cans - fence. You can build this into your home, create gates and pathways, and generally create a much more organized exterior.

Masonic Wall

Concrete and cement structures to the rescue!
Hide it behind a cement wall. Source: imgur

How to hide garbage cans outside? For a classy exterior fixture that you can possibly do yourself, consider having brick and mortar style chest-high walls constructed. This masonry can add a stylish feature for your home exterior that doubles as a hideaway for the garbage bins. Build it into your foundation to maximize effectiveness.


Masonry has a lot of benefits associated with it as well. Aside from the cost effectiveness for such a long-term structure, it’s also fireproof, sound-dampening, and energy efficient.

Hinged Enclosure

Hinged wooden hiding places for garbage.
Wooden hinged boxes. Source: Brocades Boutique

One of the most convenient ways to hide eyesores is to put them in a hinged enclosure. This ensures that you can readily and easily get them out of sight with little to no effort. Furthermore this will significantly impede any scavenger-type animals from attacking your garbage. This is one of the better ideas to hide wheelie bins. Otherwise if none of these proposed ideas work for you, consider the following alternatives:

  • Enclosures that fold out
  • Storage sheds
  • Barnyard doors
  • Wooden pallets
  • Raised gardens
  • Pull-out bins
  • Pergolas
  • Fence door
  • Upright aluminum siding

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